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Self-Control Is Unnatural: Study

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2009 8:02 PM CDT

(Newser) – When you wolf down a box of cookies at midnight, it only shows you're being human and relinquishing your self-control, Meredith Small writes on LiveScience. A recent study supports your habit, showing that subjects following the story of a waiter who resists gourmet dishes finally have to eat the same food themselves. "Apparently, it's human nature to be out of control," Small writes.

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But unlike our ancestors hunting in the savanna, compelled to kill more for the survival of the group, us modern folk control our urges to live together. "It takes a lot to live with people day after day and not kill them," Small writes. "But that kind of self-control has become so painful in the modern world because there is so much to want." It's only natural to to seek release by eating "half, or even a whole, box of cookies in one sitting." (Read more psychology stories.)

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